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    LOS ANGELES (AP) Wayne Rogers, whoseTrapper John McIntyre on "M.A.S.H." was among the most beloved characters on one of the most popular shows of all time, died Thursday.
    The actor was surrounded by family when he died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia at age 82, his publicist and longtime friend Rona Menashe told The Associated Press.
    As army surgeon Trapper John on "M.A.S.H.," Rogers swapped wisecracks with partner in martinis and mischief Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda.
    The two doctors blew off steam between surgeries pulling pranks, romancing nurses and tormenting their tent-mate Frank Burns, always with an endless supply of booze and one-liners.
    In one typical crack, Trapper answers a question with "How should I know? I dropped out of school to become a doctor."
    Rogers was on the show for just the first three of its 11 seasons on CBS, but his run, and his character, are especially revered by show devotees.
    An Alabama native and Princeton graduate, Rogers had parts on many short-lived shows before "M.A.S.H.," specializing in westerns like "Law of the Plainsman" and "Stagecoach West."
    In the years after MASH he returned to TV regularly, with a recurring role in the early 1990s on "Murder, She Wrote."
    He moved beyond acting to see serious success later in life as a money manager and investor. In 1988 and 1990 he appeared as an expert witness before the House Judiciary Committee to speak in favor of maintaining the Glass-Steagall banking laws of the 1930s.
    In recent years he was a regular panelist on the Fox News stock investment show "Cashin' In."
    Rogers is survived by his wife Amy, two children, Bill and Laura, and four grandchildren.

    Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on 'M.A.S.H.,' dies at 82
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    Wow, thanks for the info, Bitter.

    A LONG time ago, I read the reason he left MASH was because he had been led to believe that he would be the start of the show and not Alda. And when Alda clearly became the focus, he took off. I saw him constantly on financial shows. Even though he was on FoxNews sometimes, he wasn't one of the typical nuts on there.

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    ^^^I read an article on him years after he left Hollywood. He wisely invested his money and was doing quite well for himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    ^^^I read an article on him years after he left Hollywood. He wisely invested his money and was doing quite well for himself.
    Multiple sites reported his net worth at about $75 Million. Also, I read that his company owns the bridal shop in "Say Yet to the Dress". He was very, very busy from what I can see.
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    Well, bless him and his family and RIP and all of that. Loved him on MASH. He's the fourth cast member to pass away. Harry Morgan and Larry Linville died before him, and the first was McLean Stevenson.
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    I met him a couple times years back, on a non-show business deal. He was so down to earth, kind, courteous... just a genuinely nice guy. RIP.


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    Rip, he was great on mash.
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    Aaawww, R.I.P. Personally liked MASH best when he was still on it.
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    Condolences to his family.

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    Okay, although Wayne Rogers died on the last day of 2015, he's quickly followed by Nathalie Cole as the first celebrity passing in 2016. Since the saying goes that "things come in threes".......
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    Pernell Roberts actually played Trapper John in more episodes than Wayne did.

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    Yes, in trapper John m.d.
    Wayne fleshed out the character first in MASH.
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    I loved him on that show. The series finale will haunt me forever though.
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    He was a sexy guy on Mash. He also played Major Nelson in a Jeannie tv movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellatheball View Post
    I loved him on that show. The series finale will haunt me forever though.
    That was horrible!
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